Lara Scolari to feature at Maitland Regional Art Gallery’s Contemporary Art Sale
Jackson Pollock painted to jazz.
Pollock, who died in 1956, was renowned for his abstract expressionist style – which was also labelled “drip painting”.
Modern-day artist Lara Scolari also paints in the abstract expressionist style.
Lara will be one of the feature artists at Maitland Regional Art Gallery’s Contemporary Art Sale, which will hold its opening night on Friday.
While Pollock painted with a splatter, Lara paints with a swirl.
We asked Lara what music she listens to when she paints.
“I always paint to music, and I have music playing continually in my home. The playlists do vary, but I am very much an album listener and like to hear the complete series of songs through – I never shuffle,” she said.
“Some of my favourites are Powderfinger, Moby, Jack White, Jet, Sarah Blasko, Bernard Fanning, Angus & Julia Stone, Paul Simon, as well as many other ballad/rock musicians.”
She said music wasn’t her inspiration, as such, “but it definitely informs my movement and action when in the actual process of painting”.
“I do dance along,” she said.
She said abstract expressionism “gives the viewer the opportunity to bring their own personal perspective to the art”.
“Everyone experiences artwork individually and differently. Some people need to find a meaning or imagery within the work, whereas others can just let go and enjoy the artwork for the emotion and interest it brings,” she said.
Asked if she thought art comes from the unconscious mind, she replied: “For me, definitely”.
“Because I am an action/gestural painter, I am interested in how energy informs the painting and viewing process.
“When creating my work, I do have a loose idea of composition.”
But when this idea emerges on a canvas, she has “no real plan from there”.
“I never know how they will turn out. One process informs the next – there is a visual dialogue between me and the artwork.
“My paintings provide a space for the viewer to engage with this spectrum of energy that then provokes conversation and thought. I hope that when viewing my artworks, you are free to be transported to another state of mind.”
When she’s in the studio painting she enters “a meditative, relaxed state”.
“While I am preparing, thinking and physically layering the colour and mediums, I’m really just playing and having fun,” she said.
“I have learnt not to get caught up in the thought of the outcome, but just to let the process happen. That’s when the magic comes.”
Asked how artists can make a buck in this day and age, she said: “I think you need to be true to yourself and your practice – as well as being prolific”.
“I paint seven days a week, up to three times a day – a morning, afternoon and evening shift. Sometimes I paint in the middle of the night, as I love any opportunity to play in the studio.”
She recommends the use of social media, especially Instagram, to promote artwork.
“Set yourself deadlines and book in exhibitions. Work out your themes/concepts and give yourself a quota of works to create, as you’ll always surprise yourself in your ability to hit your goals.”